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March 2016

The Whole World as Marked Territory
by Jeff Davidson

If it hasn’t always been the case, the world is now concerned with marking territory. Human beings, sensing both the swelling numbers of people populating the planet and the diminishing supply of land and resources, are busy marking territory, consciously or unconsciously. For some, the territory is office buildings. For others, it’s intellectual property. For many, it’s “positions in cyberspace,” and for growing numbers it is political control and even thought control.

Why do people mark territory? Most people have unarticulated fears about their futures. Government and corporate rank-and-file begin thinking about retirement long before the rest of us, but, clearly, no one wants to miss out on “their share” of goods, services, benefits, influence, or control.

Finally, Economics

The marking of territory is a direct result of our entering the economic age. As my Economics 101 professor explained, when resources are abundant economics does not come into play. If you are part of a small tribe living on a huge, isolated landmass, with all of the fruits, vegetables, seeds, berries, fish, and wild game you could ever want, you are not dwelling in an economic society.

Economics comes into play once goods are either scarce or in high demand. As the professor explained, economics is the allocation of scarce resources, to which I would add or “perceived to be” scarce resources. Read more...

4th Annual Climate Adaptation Conference -- Changing Climates, Changing Minds

Abundance NC is elated to announce its 4th Annual Climate Adaptation Conference: Changing Climate, Changing Minds. This year’s conference will take a new approach, exploring and deconstructing the social climate that has contributed to our changing climate.

Speakers include Natasha Bowens, acclaimed author of The Color of Food, State Climatologist Ryan Boyles, and representatives of the Rachel Carson Council. This year’s Conference will focus on the cultural politics of climate change, as well as the practical 'nuts and bolts' changes that farmers can make to adapt to North Carolina’s ever-changing climate. From racial equity to food sovereignty, permaculture to biochar, this year’s conference will dig deep to the very root of our changing climate and what changes we can make in our daily lives to mitigate it.

The Conference kicks off on Thursday, March 3 with "Amuse Bouche," a panel discussion with keynote speaker Natasha Bowens; Laura Lengnick, author of Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate; Maurice Small, pioneer of farming for justice; and moderator Leonida Inge of WUNC. This public event takes place at the Fearrington Barn from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Purchase tickets at

The full day portion of the Conference takes place on March 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The morning will be spent at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro with a 'traditional' conference structure, including multiple presentation sessions with national thought leaders. An organic farm-to-table lunch will include dishes from around the world made from locally grown ingredients – featuring rabbit from Fatty Owl Farm. The afternoon portion of the conference will be a non-traditional "World Café" style discussion at the Pittsboro Roadhouse. Tickets to the full day Conference are priced on a sliding scale to ensure accessibility to all members of the community. Read more...

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Council on Aging Brings Back A Taste of Chatham

The Chatham County Council on Aging has announced plans to bring back A Taste of Chatham – an evening of fine food, entertainment including the Heart of Carolina Jazz, and a unique auction to celebrate and raise money for Aging programming and services in the county. The 21st annual gala will be held at the Governor’s Club ballroom on May 1st from 5 – 7 p.m. Tickets will be available starting March 15. Stay tuned for more exciting details.

Restaurant vendor and business sponsorships are now available. For more information, please contact Megan Coggins at 919.542.4512 or You can also contact Ms. Coggins to reserve your ticket for this fun-filled event.


Clean Jordan Lake plans 2 trash cleanups in March

"Clean Jordan Lake is participating in Durham's Creek Week this year in addition to offering our own Annual Spring cleanup as part of the Haw River Assembly’s Clean-Up-A-Thon," said Fran DiGiano, president of Clean Jordan Lake. "Many people may not know that heavy rains this winter raised the lake's water level by 17 feet, which has not occurred since 2003, and feeder streams not only flooded the lake but brought a huge load of trash."

Clean Jordan Lake is one of seven organizations to offer a trash cleanup on Saturday, March 12, as part of Durham's Creek Week.

"We join these other organizations in encouraging residents in and around Durham to enjoy, feel connected to, and protect local waterways. The target area for Clean Jordan Lake's cleanup is the New Hope Waterfowl Impoundment area near NC Highway 54."

For Durham event, volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. on March 12 and work until noon. "New Hope Creek fills with trash from Durham and, if unchecked, the trash winds up in Jordan Lake," DiGiano said.

This year's Annual Spring Cleanup will be held on Saturday March 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Hope Overlook access to Jordan Lake State Recreation Area off Pea Ridge Rd in New Hill. DiGiano noted, "Park rangers contacted us for help because the very high lake levels in January meant that trash now covers two popular camping areas and extends through the woods near heavily used hiking trails."

Walkers, boaters and kayakers are invited to participate on March 19 clean up event, which will include a Trash Treasure Hunt with merchandise prizes and a light lunch beginning at 12:15 p.m. Details and registration information for both events are at

Silk Hope Ruritan Blood Drive Results

The Silk Hope Ruritan Blood Drive held February 5 2016 had an outstanding number of volunteers and donors. The 56 donors who volunteered to give blood enabled the Red Cross to harvest 44 units, which is the third best since the Silk Hope Ruritan moved to the new Community Center, across from the fire station, in 2011. Twelve of our own Silk Hope Ruritans and friends contributed a great amount of time and energy to this Drive exceeding over 69 hours. (Many more were involved "beneath the radar".)

Since the Silk Hope Ruritan's move in early 2011, the Silk Hope Community has contributed 287 units of Blood to support our fellow citizens! On behalf of the Silk Hope Ruritans, family and friends we want to thank you and look forward to seeing you in the fall of 2016 when we have our next Blood Drive.


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